Do you ever struggle to find meaningful activities for students while you conduct oral evaluations? In the past, I even resorted to the dreaded crossword puzzle while I called students to my desk one at a time for a week straight. Talk about wasting valuable time!

This year I have found a way to use our SSR time to meet that need. Don’t worry, I’m not forcing students to read for a week straight! Each week, students read a book of their choice for 20 minutes and complete a book review log, a la Mike Peto.  Then at the end of the quarter, instead of the meaningless crosswords and word searches, students are use their accumulated reviews to create products that advertise their books.

Last quarter, my students created movie posters, and they really blew me away with their artistic abilities!

This picture is a little fuzzy, but you can see on the wall a few of the many great products I ended up with. What a better way to inform other students about which books would be best for them to read?!

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You can find my template for the assignment, along with rubrics, instructions, and a bonus activity here.

Do you implement SSR or FVR in your classroom? If so, what all do you do with it?

Buena suerte,

Profe C

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